Tortoiseshell cats

Tortoises are affectionate cats

Whoever has a cat has a treasure called a friend. This little furry gives us a lot: unconditional love, moments of fun, tenderness and, yes, sometimes worry, but everything is part of a pure and true relationship.

While they are all very special, hawksbill cats have something that makes them unique. Do you want to know what it is? Don't stop reading 🙂.

Tortoiseshell cats are cats with a very particular coat color, which often makes them think that they are a unique breed. The distribution of colors is unrepeatable; in fact, even if one were cloned, it would come out tortoiseshell, but with a different pattern. Therefore, being able to share life with one of these beautiful cats is something exceptional.

What's more, there may be hawksbill cats, but these are sterile. This is due to the fact that the orange color is linked to the X chromosome (the female gene), so that it is more likely that the females come out tricolor, and not the males, since for them to be it they would have to have an XXY chromosome.

If we talk about her character, she is an ideal companion: calm and affectionate. She likes to spend time alone, but she will not hesitate to ask for pampering every day to feel loved. In addition, he can get along with children, as long as both (boys and cat) respect each other's limits to avoid problems. To the hawksbill cats they really like to play, so that the little ones can throw a ball or a stuffed animal at him to play with.

Weighing 3,5-4kg and having a life expectancy of 20 years, these beautiful cats they adapt well to living in a flat, if you dedicate time to them. To keep them in shape, it is interesting to teach them to walk with a harness, or to adapt the house to them by putting shelves at different heights, scratching trees, and providing them toys.

Fun facts you may not know about hawksbill cats

Tortoiseshell cats are usually female

Next we are going to tell you more about hawksbill cats so that you realize that they are pets that you cannot miss in your life. It is a good idea to assess whether you want this type of cat in your life because what is certain is that they will bring you a lot of affection, fun and unconditional love, what more could you ask for?

The origin of his name

Tortoiseshell cats are not a specific breed, and are actually named after their distinctive multi-colored fur. Traditional primary tortoiseshell cats have black, red, and orange fur with mixed brown. There are also diluted tortoiseshell cats with less intense coloration due to genetics and even chocolate tortoiseshell cats with much darker fur.

The complexity of its fur

In addition to the fact that a tortoiseshell cat's coat needs particular colors and then be classified as mosaic or chimera, its coat can also be classified as bridled or patched. If the colors in a tortoiseshell cat's coat appear to be interwoven, it is bridged. But if the colors appear in large sections all over the body then it is patchy.

The attitude of tortoiseshell cats

Tortoiseshell cats are recognized as the divas of the cat world for their strong and independent nature. But there is no real evidence that hawksbill cats have more attitude than the average kitten.

The tortoiseshell cat and the caressed cat

It is true, there are subcategories within tortoiseshell cats. A tortoiseshell has tortoiseshell colors with a striped striped pattern. While a calico It has mainly white fur with tortoiseshell colored spots (black, red and orange) all over its body.

Different types of tortoiseshell

Tortoiseshell cats are found in a variety of breeds, including American shorthair, British Shorthair, Persian, Cornish Rex, Ragamuffin y maine coonsBoth purebreds and mixed breeds can produce a short-haired or long-haired hawksbill coat.

They are not a purebred cat

Tortoises are tricolor cats

Tortoiseshell cats have a combination of two colors, usually black and orange. There are also variations of black and orange: black can be diluted brown or gray and orange can be diluted cream, gold or reddish.

The tortoise shell (referred to by the word “tortoiseshell”) was a highly prized material used in the making of everything from jewelry to furniture until 1973. The use of real tortoiseshell was banned worldwide at that time, since that turtle populations were being decimated. Synthetic tortoiseshell is still popular. "What does that have to do with cats?" Well, the color scheme is rarer than most common cat colors, as was the case with shells.

Tortoiseshell cats are practically cats

This occurs because female genes are dominant. The chromosome linked to coloration in cats is the X chromosome. Females have two X chromosomes, which are coded orange and black. Males have a small percentage chance of displaying orange coat color. Y To further confuse matters, heterozygous female cats display a combination of orange and black, also known as tortoiseshell.

They are wild but very loving

They are wild cats like felines that they are but they are also very affectionate. They are not fiercer than the average cat in the world, but they are much more sensitive to the stimuli around them. They may have fears but with a little help and love from their environment they easily overcome them.

There are tortoiseshell cats all over the world

These types of cats can be found all over the world, they are not a species of cat that is only found in one part of the planet. What's more, Thanks to its characteristic fur, it is a cat that is easily identified where they are.

They were good luck cats

The ancient Celts believed that it was good luck if a male tortoiseshell cat stayed in your home (with about 1 in 3.000 tortoiseshell cats being male, that's a bit of luck!). Japanese fishermen believed that males protected their boats from ghosts (with males again!). Tortoiseshell cats are said to bring money, they have psychic abilities and they see the future. And if you dream of one, you will soon be in love...

In this reading, you may have learned a lot about hawksbill cats and cats that you didn't know before. These are very interesting facts, especially if you have a hawksbill cat in your home. If you see a cat of this type on the street, respect him because he is a living being with his whole life ahead of him. Even if you want and can, feel free to adopt it and take it home to give it a home! But if it is an adult cat that knows how to seek life in freedom, then respect its freedom because you will never be able to train it to be "your domestic cat".

It will be a cat that can love you and that can be part of your litter, but it will always end up having its “free soul”. You will like to go out and enjoy the Iva in the field and in the open air. He will come home to be by your side and feed himself, but he does not want to always be enclosed within four walls.

What no one can doubt is that they are cats with their own idiosyncrasies, with their own personality and that if you incorporate one into your life and your family, no. You will know how you could have been so long without this type of cat in your life. They are cats, especially cats, very affectionate who will know how to correspond with all their unconditional love.

Remember that if you have a cat and you do not intend for her to procreate or take care of any kittens she may have, then it is your responsibility to castrate her so that she does not become pregnant and that there are no unwanted litters of cats. It is your duty as the owner of a hawksbill cat or another type of cat that casts her so that she does not reproduce if you do not take care of her little kittens.

The tortoiseshell cat is very special

What do you think of the tortoiseshell cats?


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  1.   Ivet said

    Bella, I have one, it is super special but very territorial

  2.   yasna navarro said

    I had a hera, my beautiful and good one, very nice but one day she left and she did not arrive again, we looked for her. But with great sorrow I found her if life we ​​cried a lot but we always remember her the girl

    1.    Ismael said

      I have one and it is special, it is super affectionate, it is always willing to be touched and pampered

  3.   Martha Patricia Ruiz Rocha said

    I have a Carey kitten, her name is Malunny, she is independent, beautiful, she talks to me and tells me if she will go out for her daily walk, obedient when I call her, she comes when she hears my voice and is very affectionate, not aggressive, very homely, asks for her food or her cravings in the most incredible way because you can hear how they subtly ask you for what they want you to share, it is punctual with its meals and nothing invasive, it is tenderness in potential, my second pet and I never imagined that it would be a cute kitten ... I know that my heart loves me and has conquered the most incredible being in my world, my mother !! They understand each other and also love each other… incredible !!

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      They are very special 🙂

  4.   Claudia Nunez Tobar said

    Hello, I have a Carey kitten, her name is speckled ... she had beautiful babies, none like her ... and we sterilized her, she is very affectionate and sweet, we have many cats ... and she loves other kittens from another litter, she is also very noble ... we receive her to give her in adoption ... but we fell in love and we ended up staying with her ... these little animals are a gift of unconditional love ... adopt and take care of them, they need us and we also learn from them that love is true ... many affections and thank you for your publication ...

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      We are glad that you liked it, and congratulations for the love that your furry ones give you 🙂

  5.   Edgar said

    We adopted one that arrived wounded from its tail, we received it to take it to the doctor to cure it and leave it free again or give it up for adoption but for now we realized that we could no longer be without it and now we are all happier

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Hehe, it usually happens. !! Congratulations!! 🙂

  6.   Laura said

    They are beautiful, I have one called Lara and she is quite particular and beautiful !!

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Hen/Stag tricolor They are very, very special cats, yes 🙂

  7.   Angelica said

    My kitten is called Catwoman, she is adorable, I could not live without her, tortoiseshell kittens are very special, they are a blessing.

  8.   Mary Montes said

    I have one, her name is Bonita and since her name is beautiful and the castre turns one year old in April if God wants

  9.   Marine Light said

    Mine is called Berta, I adopted her when she was four years old, she is currently 9, she is loving, talkative, very special, we are very happy with her !!!

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Great, we are very happy for you 🙂

  10.   Yanet said

    I just adopted a two-month-old tortoiseshell kitten named Heidi, when I received her she would have between a month or a month and a half, they left her in a garbage can along with her brothers and mother, a beautiful soul picked up the whole cat family and I saw her for In the middle of a photo I fell in love when they gave it to me I was very small I cried a lot, I was malnourished and afraid, now she has brothers of different races a rabbit and a Chihuahua, she is the head of the band, she is very restless, playful, hungry and very Affectionate, she is my first cat, she begins to identify her name and when I speak to her at times she pays attention to what I say

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Enjoy it very much, Yanet. They grow sooo fast

      Greetings.

  11.   Monica sanchez said

    Hi Nelida.

    How nice that it is so well cared for. Congratulations.

  12.   Yuli Martinez said

    Thank you for this beautiful article. I would like to ask if you can guide me with the following: I have an 8-year-old tortoiseshell cat, she is beautiful and has given me many joys, a very faithful companion, a few days ago I saw an advertisement on networks about a tortoiseshell kitten barely 3 to 4 months old for adoption. They believe that integrating a second hawksbill cat in the house could generate conflict between them. Any advice on how to best integrate. I thank you.

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Hi Yuli.

      Honestly, if your cat is already 8 years old, I would not adopt any cat, neither young nor adult.
      At 8 years old, cats are not old at all, but they tend to want to lead a quiet life and it is much more difficult for them to adapt to changes.

      If I were 4 years old then I would tell you ahead, I don't think you would have had problems. But already 8 years old ... I have my doubts. Lots of doubts.

      Greetings.